Heartland Virus Disease

Impacts

Humans, Animals are reservoir hosts

Overview/Symptoms

  • Heartland Virus is a recently discovered tick-borne virus caused by a bite from an infected Lone Star tick
  • Scientists are unsure what causes ticks to become infected
  • Infected humans experience flu like symptoms and often require hospitalization. One reported death has occurred
  • Animals act as reservoir hosts for the virus, not causing them any illness
  • Has not been reported in Nebraska, but cases have been found in the neighboring state of Missouri. Lone Star Ticks can be found in both Nebraska and Missouri